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Rap Guide to Consciousness is exactly what it’s name suggests — a 60-minute instructive on the basic principals of consciousness at times explained with quick-fire versus spouted by writer Baba Brinkman that pack a fair bit of humour in and among the genuinely educational lines.
The brilliance of this show comes in the balance; the only way a premise like this works is if the performer becomes an expert, and by the ease in which Brinkman dissects complex concepts relating to consciousness, it’s clear he has done more than his fair share of research. But at the same time, Brinkman keeps things fun, both in his spoken dialogue — he drops a few mind-blowing facts about new studies in the field of neuroscience — and within his raps (one of which was four hilarious minutes of him rhyming about his new-born son).
Rap Guide to Consciousness is clever, extremely entertaining and there’s a good chance you’ll walk out having learned something new. There’s not much more you can ask of a fringe show.
— Erin Lebar
From the Fringe program:
Fringe First winner and "peer reviewed rapper" Baba Brinkman explores the scientific study of consciousness in a new hip-hop comedy. Baba's brain is made of 90 billion neurons and not one of them has any clue that he exists. And yet somehow those cells come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes, laughs and mind-blowing scientific findings.
"Astonishing and brilliant" – NY Times
5 STARS "Funny and fascinating" – Chortle.co.uk
5 STARS "Close to perfect" – The Skinny
5 STARS "Truly awe-inspiring" – The Scotsman
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Mild language, sexual content
Updated on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 3:40 PM CDT: adds review